I've been teaching Chinese students for a while and when I started working with them I definitely struggled with the problems the different cultural setting causes. For me the key was to educate myself and read some books about their culture and rely on activities which they are familiar with. In addition, I always train them how to work in my class, and exlpain to them what's going on as they might not understand what you want from them. Different educational background, cultural schema and so on.
Be curious about their culture and frequently ask culture related questions, be friendly and nice. If they see that you're interested in them, they'll work for you as little angels:)
Hope this helps:)